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October 11, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University Receives Insight Into Diversity 2023 Higher Education Excellence In Diversity (HEED) Award

Today, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) received the 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — Carnegie Mellon University will be featured, along with 108 other recipients, in the November/December 2023 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

"I am truly honored and excited that CMU is being recognized for their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) with the 2023 HEED Award," said Wanda Heading-Grant, vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. "This is a well-deserved moment for CMU’s inaugural Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, our entire campus community and for the people who have been advancing this work at CMU for years. I am so proud that we received this prominent industry award and for this special milestone that we can joyfully embrace and collectively celebrate."

"The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — leadership support for diversity, campus culture and climate, supplier diversity, and many other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion," said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. "We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus."

For more information about the 2023 HEED Award, visit